RBC_coverRust Belt Chicago: An Anthology
Edited by Martha Bayne
Belt Publishing, 2017

Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology, the neighborhood cookbook taking the pulse of post-industrial Chicago right now, seems like required reading.”— Emma Terhaar, Third Coast Review

“A lively grab bag of essays, fiction and poetry that reads at times like who’s who of contemporary Chicago writers/residents.”  — Chris Borrelli, Chicago Tribune

“One of the best books to come across my desk that I can frankly remember.”—Rick Kogan, WGN Radio

Chicago is built on a foundation of meat and railroads and steel, on opportunity and exploitation — but its identity long ago stretched past manufacturing. Today the city continues to lure new residents from around the world, and from across a region rocked by recession and deindustrialization. But the problems that plague the region don’t disappear once you pass the Indiana border. In fact, they’re often amplified. A city defined by movement that’s the anchor of the Midwest, bound to its neighbors by a shared ecosystem and economy, Chicago’s complicated — both of the Rust Belt and beyond it.

Publishing August 10, 2017 Rust Belt Chicago: An Anthology shines a light on the common ground Chicago shares with the Rust Belt through essays, memoir, journalism, fiction, and poetry. Includes work by Chloe Taft, Sonya Huber, Britt Julious, Kari Lydersen, Kevin Coval, Mark Guarino, and many more.

Cover image by Tony Fitzpatrick; book design by Sheila Sachs.
For review copies and wholesale inquiries contact anne@beltmag.com.


bookcoverSoup & Bread Cookbook: Building Community One Pot at a Time
By Martha Bayne
Agate Publishing, 2011

Released in November 2011 by Agate PublishingSoup & Bread Cookbook: Building Community One Pot at a Time  pairs recipes for soup and bread with stories of the ways people use soup (and food) as a tool for building community.

The Soup & Bread series founded by Bayne at Chicago’s Hideout has featured recipes from well-known Chicago chefs such as Paul Kahan, the James Beard-bedecked maestro behind Blackbird and Avec, and Stephanie Izard, winner of Bravo’s Top Chef) as well as a hundreds of nonprofessional soup enthusiasts. Guests are encouraged to leave a pay-what-you-can donation, and proceeds benefit a wide range of neighborhood food pantries and other hunger relief organizations. The recipes in the Soup & Bread Cookbook are all culled from Soup & Bread, resulting in a collection that is diverse in scope but uniformly delicious.

Illustrated by Paul Dolan, the book is organized into categories such as “Soup From Home,” “Soup That Shines,” “Chili For Competition,” and “Soup for (More Than) Sustenance,” and ends with a set of basic stock recipes. Throughout, Bayne weaves in stories of soup kitchens, soup swaps, and soup-driven art, showcasing how people all over the U.S. use soup to further social outreach, foster community, and help others.

Book design by Sheila Sachs; illustrations by Paul Dolan